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DPS releases information on head-on collision that killed Palestine ISD teacher, injured students

The teacher and students were coming back from a Dallas Mavericks game on Sunday when their vehicle was struck by another vehicle.

PALESTINE, Texas — **EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above is from the crash site and was taken by our sister-station, WFAA.

Palestine ISD is in mourning after one of their teachers was killed in a crash.

According to the district, Michael Coyne, a teacher and coach at Palestine Junior High, was coming back from the Dallas Mavericks game on Sunday when he and his passengers were struck by another vehicle.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) reports, around 11:45 p.m., Wilmer police were called to the scene of a wrong-way driver headed northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 45 that struck two vehicles.

When police were en route, the learned the vehicle had a head-on collision in the southbound lanes of I-45, just south of Mars Rd.

Officials say the female driver of the wrong-way vehicle and two juvenile passengers were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the other vehicle, identified as Coyne, also died. Two minors in Coyne's vehicle, who are also Palestine ISD students, were taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The district said they are extending their condolences to Coach Coyne’s family, friends and students.

DPS says they are working to determine if alcohol was a contributing factor of the crash.

CBS19 will update this article as more information becomes available.

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